Novice teams inspire Ceebee Stars
Other tournaments honouring those involved in minor hockey were the Bobby and Jerry Thoms Memorial Peewee A Tournament, held in memory of two peewee players who drowned off the coast of Labrador 31 years ago when they were 13 years old, and the Lloyd Neil Bantam A Tournament, named after a longtime coach and player with Ceebees minor.
There is also the Craig Shute Memorial Under- 12 Girls’ Tournament named after the volunteer who was instrumental in the growth of the girls’ division in Ceebees minor.
Penney said holding these tournaments is only a “small token” to the families.
“We want to do whatever we can do to hold the memory,” she said. “It’s holding the memory across generational gaps.”
One thing Penney is sure to do is to invite the families along and to make them a part of the event.
“It makes them so proud when they are involved,” she said.
A novice inspiration
Late last month, Ceebees minor held its Danny Cleary Novice Jamboree, with nine teams competing — two of them from Harbour Grace.
Prior to the Ceebee Stars senior men’s game Jan. 28, the two novice teams were given permission to use the dressing room at the far end of the rink.
As a sign of appreciation, the novice players created posters to hang on the walls for their favourite players.
“It’s about building relationships,” said Penney.